If your idea of supporting a progressive local initiative is attending a fun party, then by all means mark Saturday, November 16, 2013 on you calendar. From 7pm to midnight, Gro-operative: a unique farming co-operative, will be hosting a shindig in order to raise funds for its worker-owned farming co-operative (learn more). “What we want to do is create something that will bring jobs back to Buffalo and will support the local economy in an eco-friendly way,” said Michael Zak, founder and worker-owner at Gro-operative.
The launch party is being held at The Foundry (of course), where supporters will gather to “sample the Gro-operative team’s flagship beers, see demonstrations, and dance to live music spun by local DJs. R&R food truck will also be on-hand. More than anything else, guests to the event will be able to mingle with the people behind the project, in order to learn more about how it works, who is involved, and where the effort is going. “This co-operative needs to happen for many reasons, but mostly to show that concepts like these succeed where you can use democracy in every facet of life,” Zak said. “If you have a stake in your job, you have a greater feeling about life, your purpose, and your security.”
From closed-loop system aquaponics to a brewery for craft beer to an apiary for producing honey and mead, and even a space for cultivating organic mushrooms, this is an innovative undertaking that is fueled by a new breed of Buffalonians that are looking to the community for support. Come drink and dance and learn about Gro-operative.
WHEN: Saturday, November 16, 2013 from 7 p.m. to midnight
WHERE: The Foundry, 298 Northampton
*The fundraiser will be held on Saturday, November 16 from 7 p.m. to midnight at The Foundry, located at 298 Northampton Street in Buffalo. Admission will be a suggested donation of $15 and all ages are welcome.